Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FURTHER INFORMATION:       STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873


Citrus College Appoints New Financial Aid Director

By Stacy Armstrong


Ms. Carol Thomas of Sacramento, CA has been selected as Citrus College’s new director of financial aid.  She began her tenure on August 27, 2012.


The employment of Ms. Thomas was approved during the August 2012 meeting of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.


“While the importance of college is indisputable, few people actually have the financial resources to support higher education,” said Mrs. Joanne Montgomery, president of the Citrus Community College District Board of Trustees.  “At Citrus College, the Financial Aid Office helps make the dream of college a reality.  Ms. Thomas’s expertise in this area is undeniable, and we look forward to her contributions to this very important student services area.”


A 20-year veteran of the California Community College system, Thomas has held a variety of increasingly responsible student services positions.  Her resume includes time spent as a financial aid counselor at American River College, financial aid specialist at San Joaquin Delta College, and financial aid/EOP&S clerk at Consumes River College.


Most recently, Thomas served as the financial aid supervisor at Folsom Lake College.  In this position, she managed the daily operations of the college’s financial aid program, which included promoting financial aid literacy and disseminating information to staff, faculty, administration, the board of trustees and community organizations. 


In addition, Thomas was responsible for developing her department’s mission statement and she played a major role in the development of the college’s master plan and program review.  She also served as the Foster Youth Success liaison and collaborated with faculty, staff and student support areas in assisting foster youth.


Thomas’ knowledge of financial aid processes and requirements, specifically within the community college system, has prepared her well for her new role at Citrus College.


“I am looking forward to providing excellent customer service to our financial aid students by facilitating access and success,” Thomas said.  “I am also eager to collaborate with Citrus College’s faculty, staff and administrators as we work together to reach institutional goals.”


Thomas holds an associate degree in general studies from the University of Maryland, a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in educational counseling from National University.

Dr. Geraldine M. Perri, superintendent/president of Citrus College, believes Thomas’s academic background and professional experience will prove beneficial in her new role as Citrus College’s director of financial aid.


“Without the Financial Aid Office, many Citrus College students would find academic achievement and college completion beyond their reach,” she said.  “Effective leadership in this extremely important area is crucial, and I am confident Ms. Thomas has both the professional experience and academic preparation it takes to ensure success.”




FURTHER INFORMATION:       STACY ARMSTRONG (626) 857-4082, PAULA GREEN (626) 914-8873


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